We found out our caterpillar is a
Cecropia, or Robin moth. EDITED: We misidentified our caterpillar. It is a Hyalophora Columbia. Read more here. Eventually it will look like this.
Pretty neat, right? You may remember when we found it last Sunday it looked like this.
Well, right now it looks like this.
The moth started spinning silk early Wednesday morning. Just a few hours later it was done. It will take a whole year before the moth will emerge, only to live 7 to 10 days. This site at WormSpit was the most informative showing photos of each step of the life cycle of the Cecropia moth.
One interesting tidbit – of all the sites we looked at none showed any sightings in Nevada for the Cecropia. We will be sending in our photos as well as other data so that Nevada can now be marked with Cecropia sightings. So fun to be a part of science!